About the Department
The Department of Mathematics is an undergraduate department with five full-time faculty members and about 40 undergraduate majors. We are characterized by our excellent teaching, research productivity, diversity, and interdisciplinary connections.
Why Study at Andrews?
Andrews University provides a big-university experience in a small-college atmosphere. In particular, our department offers:
Exceptional Faculty: At Andrews, your professors are not only active in their respective specialties and recognized for their research contributions, but also deeply interested in helping you find the best professional opportunities. Moreover, you will study in a Christian setting under professors who are dedicated to furthering your personal and spiritual development.
Research Environment The mathematics faculty have attracted over a million dollars of external research grants and published more than 60 research papers in the last 10 years. Furthermore, many students have coauthored research papers with faculty since the department encourages majors to participate in undergraduate research, both here at Andrews and in summer research programs and internships elsewhere.
Diversity and Camaraderie: Andrews is the most internationally diverse university in the US, and it is the 6th most ethnically diverse university in the US. The atmosphere here is richly multicultural, and many of our majors are from under-represented groups. Four of the six mathematics faculty, and about one third of the majors, are women. As a mathematics major, you will automatically become involved with eigen* (the Mathematics and Physics club). Eigen* sponsors functions like the Friday eigen*Talks and eigen*Vespers, where you can enjoy food, intellectual stimulation, and worship. No matter what your background, the diversity and camaraderie in our department will make you feel at home.
Interdisciplinary Connections Many mathematics majors choose second majors. Recent examples include physics, computer science, psychology, economics, chemistry, and English. The Department of Mathematics has strong ties to the Departments of Physics and Biology. Physics and Mathematics faculty and students meet every Friday for eigen*Talk, which features guest lectures and student research presentations. We offer two interdisciplinary courses in mathematical biology (Calculus I for Biology and Mathematical Modeling in Biology). Our department participates in a National Science Foundation funded interdisciplinary research group (the Seabird Ecology Team) with the Department of Biology. We also participate in the Behavioral Neuroscience program by providing a mathematics track.
Pi Mu Epsilon: Andrews University is home to the Michigan Gamma Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society. Students who qualify for membership may receive travel money to attend the summer MathFest conference and rub shoulders and exchange ideas with top math students from all over the country. In 2005 an Andrews mathematics major, Chantel Blackburn, won the top award for her paper presented at the Pi Mu Epsilon session at the MathFest conference in Albuquerque, NM.
Undergraduate Research: Rarely do mathematics students gain significant research opportunities at the undergraduate level, but that's exactly what math majors do at Andrews. In 2008, Brian Ibanez, a senior mathematical studies major, co-authored a research paper with Professor Joon Kang that has been published in a peer-reviewed journal. Currently, two National Science Foundation grants support opportunities for biology, behavioral science, and mathematics students to engage in scientific research in mathematical ecology and behavioral neuroscience. Under one of these grants, student members of the Seabird Ecology team have helped with data collection on Protection Island, worked on mathematical modeling of the data, and with Professors Shandelle Henson and James Hayward co-authored research papers that have been published in professional journals.
Scholarship and Student Work Opportunities: Math majors typically win substantial academic scholarships based on their ACT/SAT scores, and the Department offers three named scholarships as part of the Andrews Partnership Scholarship program. Also, mathematics majors are given preference in filling the numerous employment opportunities in the Department, including work as tutors in the Mathematics Center, as graders, and as supervisors for lab sections of certain courses.